Beth Hart (born January 24, 1972) is an American singer who became famous with the hit "LA Song (Out of This Town)", which peaked at #1 in New Zealand, and aired during Episode 17 of the 10th and final season of Beverly Hills, 90210.
Her musical influences include rock, blues, gospel, jazz, and classical.
While playing the Los Angeles clubs, she enlisted bassist Tal Herzberg and guitarist Jimmy Khoury. In 1993, Hart appeared on Ed McMahon's Star Search several times.
"Beth Hart and the Ocean of Souls" was recorded in 1993. It includes "Am I the One" (re-worked on later album Immortal (1996)) and a pop-rock cover of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
Hart released her album Immortal with her band Beth Hart Band in 1996.
Her next album, Screamin' for My Supper (Atlantic, 1999), featured "LA Song (Out of This Town),", a #1 smash hit in New Zealand and a top-5 Adult Contemporary Chart hit. At the same time, Hart was singing the lead role in "Love, Janis," an Off-Broadway musical based on Joplin's letters home to her mother.
Hart's Leave the Light On was released in 2003. European releases of the album include extras such as the ballad "Learning to Live" and a duet with Barry Hay, "I Don't Want to Be."
Hart released "Live at Paradiso" in 2005. The DVD version includes a bonus documentary covering "a day in the life" of Hart. She has also recorded with Born ("It Hurts"), Les Paul and Neal Schon ("I Wanna Know You"), and released a number of music video singles not available on CD, including "Shine," "Boogeyman," and "Setting Me Free."
Beth Hart's album 37 Days was released in Europe July 2007.
Hart did a song with Slash called "Mother Maria." That song is on the iTunes version of Slash's solo album, Slash.
Beth Hart is married and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her band includes lead guitarist Jon Nichols, bassist Tom Lilly, and drummer Todd Wolf. Her manager is David Wolff.
On June 8, 2010 Beth re-released the track, "Learning to Live," originally included on the european version of her 2003 album "Leave the Light On". It was used as the theme song to "Losing It with Jillian" on NBC. This marks Beth's first new American studio release since 2003.
In 2011 she worked with Joe Bonamassa, first providing vocals for the track "No Love On The Street" on his album Dust Bowl (March 2011). They also worked on an entire album of blues classics together, entitled Don't Explain, (released on September 27, 2011).
She collaborated with "Born" on the single "It Hurts", released on the 25th of February, 2012.
On July 31, 2012, (Oct 4, 2012 in Europe) she released "My California". On the same date, she released an EP "Introducing Beth Hart". On August 23, 2012, her song 'Take it Easy on Me' from that album was used in the first episode of the 8th series of the BBC-TV drama Waterloo Road.
On December 26, 2012, she appeared with Jeff Beck at the Kennedy Center Opera House, along with a group of blues/rock greats, to pay tribute to pioneering blues legend Buddy Guy who received a 2012 Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American Culture. They performed "I'd Rather Go Blind", the 1968 blues and soul classic written by Ellington Jordan and first recorded by Etta James and received a standing ovation.
In December 2012, it was announced that Beth and Joe Bonamassa were planning a tour in Europe, a live DVD to be made during the tour and a new studio album, all building on the success of their 2011 collaboration, "Don't Explain".
She has become a christian and overcome her drug abuse since earlier. In 2012 she released "Bang Bang Boom Boom" in Europe (2013 in US) where her christian influence is evident (although it was obvious already earlier in her recordings).
She also had her song "My California" featured in the ending scene of Californication season six finale "I'll Lay My Monsters Down."